Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl developer, GSC Game World, has announced that the game’s release date has been extended from April 2022 to the end of the year.
The announcement was made in a statement posted by the game’s official Twitter account in which GSC Game World confirmed that Stalker 2 will now release on December 8, 2022, instead of April 28 as originally expected.
According to GSC Game World, “the decision was not an easy one” but “required an additional seven months of development to fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game.”
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The statement added that Stalker 2 is “the biggest project in the history of GSC, and requires thorough testing and polishing. We are convinced that development should take as long as possible, especially for such a project.” Case in point.” The development studio hopes the delay will allow them to “deliver a game that can live up to expectations.”
Although Stalker fans have to wait a bit longer for the game, the statement ends with the promise of “more information, updates and showcases” during the rest of the year.
When Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl releases on December 8, 2022, it will be playable on PC and on Xbox Series X/S as an exclusive Xbox console, with first-day availability on Xbox Game Pass.
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Analysis: More time to fix it
Right now, the delay announcements aren’t really that surprising. In the last one year, we have seen some big titles moving forward. Some, such as Elden Ring, have been moved by a few months, while others, such as Final Fantasy XVI, have received major delays. Another Xbox console exclusive, Scorn, recently pushed its release date to the second half of 2022 as well. With the pandemic causing complications for many studios around the world, delays can be expected at this point.
Of course, Stalker fans have been waiting for this for a while, so there might be some disappointment around the announcement. The plans for Stalker 2 were originally announced in 2010 before being canceled in 2012. The name resurfaced in 2018 with a development announcement and in 2021 we should start seeing some concrete details on it. Those details include its system requirements for the PC, which ask you to set aside a fairly large space on your SSD.
Still, after waiting for such a long time, it seems possible to wait a few months to get a fully polished game. It’s understandable that GSC World would want to make sure it’s just right, especially after the recent backlash against the studio’s plan to include NFTs in the game and its cancel those plans later,
Anyway, there are plenty of other games coming through this year, with the big titles Elden Ring and Dying Light 2 releasing next month alone while we wait.
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